Archive for November 20th, 2011

20/11/2011

UN to Asia-Pacific: ‘Lead the World’ … Please!

Human Wrongs Watch

Bali – UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon challenged the Asia and Pacific region “to assume global leadership on issues of international concern, including climate change, sustainable development, access to food and energy, human rights and the empowerment of women.”

Image: Gunkarta Gunawan Kartapranata | Wikimedia Commons

Now is the moment for Asia, and ASEAN [Association of South-east Asian Nations] in particular, to step into a truly global role,” Ban said on the occasion of the ASEAN summit in Bali, Indonesia.

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20/11/2011

Women at ‘Extreme Risk’ in 80 Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jutta Wolf* – IDN-InDepth News 

Berlin – A new study on the extent of protection of women and girls has revealed that the risk of human rights abuses, such as sexual violence, discrimination, trafficking and sexual exploitation, are at “extreme” levels in more than 40 percent of the 197 countries around the world.

Rape victims receive treatment at Panzi hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo | Credit: UN

The Women’s and Girls’ Right Index (WGRI), released by risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft, discloses that the rights of women and girls are at “extreme risk” in 80 countries, including 33 from sub-Saharan Africa, nearly all of the Middle East and North Africa region and many emerging economies.

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